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Old 01-12-2013, 05:35 AM   Topic Starter
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Wireless Surveillance Cameras

Has anyone recently purchased wireless cameras for outdoor surveillance around your house? I found this site and I'm getting ready to buy a couple of cameras and thought I would check with you guys first.

http://www.x10.com/homepage.htm

Any recommendations?

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:44 AM   #2
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I know when a buddy of mine was back for Christmas, he was checking our some of his construction areas back home on his iPhone at night. It was a decent picture and he could move the camera around with his phone to look around the area.

He said he got a dirt cheap package from this outfit.

http://foscam.us/
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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I know when a buddy of mine was back for Christmas, he was checking our some of his construction areas back home on his iPhone at night. It was a decent picture and he could move the camera around with his phone to look around the area.

He said he got a dirt cheap package from this outfit.

http://foscam.us/
Good link Bwana, I need to check that site out.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:14 AM   #4
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if you can see it on the web, I'd be worried the instalers would be able to see it too
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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if you can see it on the web, I'd be worried the instalers would be able to see it too
Yeah, I know but I'm willing to take that chance. Some send you a text when the motion sensor kicks in. We live out in the country so motion would be limited.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #6
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My system is closed circuit. Local company did the installing. Records in a 4 day loop. Pricey, but gotta protect the family with multiple layers of security.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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Do your homework. I've seen some that block your wireless signal from your internet router. (assuming you have a wireless)
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:32 AM   #8
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Do your homework. I've seen some that block your wireless signal from your internet router. (assuming you have a wireless)
I want to get a wireless outdoor package with 4 camera's that I can view from a smart phone and records when it detects motion, any ideas?
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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I want to get a wireless outdoor package with 4 camera's that I can view from a smart phone and records when it detects motion, any ideas?
I wish I could steer you the right direction, buddy. My only experience is trouble shooting the internet troubles AFTER the the camera install.

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The most common wireless technology, 802.11g (wireless-G), operates at a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz). Many cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, garage door openers, and other wireless electronics also use this frequency. If you use these wireless devices in your home, your computer might not be able to "hear" your router over the noise coming from them.

If your network uses wireless-G, you can quiet the noise by avoiding wireless electronics that use the 2.4 GHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phones and other devices that use the 5.8 GHz or 900 megahertz (MHz) frequencies. Because 802.11n (wireless-N) operates at both 2.4 GHz and the less frequently used 5.0 GHz frequency, you may experience less interference on your network if you use this technology.
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I wish I could steer you the right direction, buddy. My only experience is trouble shooting the internet troubles AFTER the the camera install.
Hmmm, well this is going to be a bit harder than I thought then. Thanks for explaining the situation. I do need to figure this out and get this done.
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Hmmm, well this is going to be a bit harder than I thought then. Thanks for explaining the situation. I do need to figure this out and get this done.

I have been looking for affordable ones that are good forever... Remember, some of those so called outside cams will only see about 15 feet in the dark ... Choose wisely and lets experiment with your money before I take my wallet out
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Do your homework. I've seen some that block your wireless signal from your internet router. (assuming you have a wireless)
Yes, we have wireless. Thanks for the tip.
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Mostly for fun, I got a Foscam FI8910W for Christmas. They run about $90 each, so it's a pretty cheap solution. It works well, but you have to be reasonably techie to set it up since you'll have to mess with the ports it uses and port forwarding on your router to get it working.

The only thing I'll say to look out for is that many of the IP cameras function fine, but their software is very limited. Given that mine is just for fun, I hooked it up with a little site called Mangocam and use that to just record pics for a bit when motion is detected. There are subscription-based sites out there that can handle long-term recordings and that kind of thing.

If you're wanting to run multiple cameras and have them recording all the time, you might want to consider software to run on a local desktop computer rather than uploading to the cloud. These things take up quite a bit of bandwidth, so they can drag your internet connection down pretty badly if you're not careful.

If you happen to look seriously, I can give you access to mine for a bit so you can check it out and see how it works. Here's a pic of my cats just so you can see the quality.
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Mostly for fun, I got a Foscam FI8910W for Christmas. They run about $90 each, so it's a pretty cheap solution. It works well, but you have to be reasonably techie to set it up since you'll have to mess with the ports it uses and port forwarding on your router to get it working.

The only thing I'll say to look out for is that many of the IP cameras function fine, but their software is very limited. Given that mine is just for fun, I hooked it up with a little site called Mangocam and use that to just record pics for a bit when motion is detected. There are subscription-based sites out there that can handle long-term recordings and that kind of thing.

If you're wanting to run multiple cameras and have them recording all the time, you might want to consider software to run on a local desktop computer rather than uploading to the cloud. These things take up quite a bit of bandwidth, so they can drag your internet connection down pretty badly if you're not careful.

If you happen to look seriously, I can give you access to mine for a bit so you can check it out and see how it works. Here's a pic of my cats just so you can see the quality.
Thanks for the post Faceman. From what you and RMC are saying, there is a lot more to this than I expected and I need to get an expert involved.

If I'm going to build a system, I want the darn thing to work. I don't want it being a pain in the tail, Mickey Mouse setup. I would rather step up a little bit on the system and have it work.
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Mostly for fun, I got a Foscam FI8910W for Christmas. They run about $90 each, so it's a pretty cheap solution. It works well, but you have to be reasonably techie to set it up since you'll have to mess with the ports it uses and port forwarding on your router to get it working.

The only thing I'll say to look out for is that many of the IP cameras function fine, but their software is very limited. Given that mine is just for fun, I hooked it up with a little site called Mangocam and use that to just record pics for a bit when motion is detected. There are subscription-based sites out there that can handle long-term recordings and that kind of thing.

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If you happen to look seriously, I can give you access to mine for a bit so you can check it out and see how it works. Here's a pic of my cats just so you can see the quality.
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